In an effort to never forget his beloved girlfriend, 93-year-old Air Force veteran Mike Cain hitched a ride to a local dollar store to buy his girlfriend some chocolate. For the last two decades, Cain has been giving his 94-year-old sweetie, Doris Jerman, her favorite chocolate bars every night. However, when the COVID-19 pandemic struck America, he found it very difficult to get his hands on her favorite chocolate bars, which led him to break out of his care home to hitchhike a ride to the local 99-cent store so he could purchase 35 Hershey bars to give to Doris over the course of the next few weeks.
Although the pair are not married, Cain admits that Doris is the love of his life. Every night, they love to share a few pieces of chocolate and stare into each other’s eyes. They’ve been keeping up this delightful and decadent tradition for the last two decades.
In an interview with NBC San Diego, Cain said, “We don’t eat the whole bar – just a couple pieces.”
And while a couple of pieces of chocolate might not seem like a big deal, Cain knew that he had to get his hands on those tasty morsels so Doris wouldn’t feel like she took second place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even when things have been hard, she holds the first place in his heart.
Although some people have mild symptoms of COVID-19, older adults like Cain and his girlfriend can be very susceptible to the disease. By hitchhiking a ride with a friend named Richard Farmer, he risked his health and safety to make sure his girlfriend had all the chocolate she wanted.
Richard Farmer picked up Cain from his senior center and drove him to the local dollar store so he could buy the chocolate Doris liked.
Farmer, who is a friend of Cain’s, happened to be driving by when he saw Cain standing by the roadside with his thumb in the air.
“‘I was going home for lunch at about 12:30 or 1:00 in the afternoon,” Farmer told Fox News. “When I turned a corner to go up the hill to my house, I saw an elderly gentleman about four feet into the street.”
Cain told Farmer that he just wanted to make a trip to the dollar store to get Doris some chocolate.
“I think my first concern was, ‘Wow, I don’t know if I should be picking up this 93-year-old man’… But I got the car as clean as I could,” said Farmer.
Before Cain jumped into Farmer’s car, he used disinfecting wipes to clean it up. Both men wore face coverings to prevent the spread of the virus. When Farmer asked Cain what he was getting at the store, the old veteran was very matter of fact.
“He said, ‘Well, we break one up every night, and we share it, and I’m out. So I need to get to the 99-cent store to get some more Hershey bars,’” said Farmer.
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